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His sleuths are a detective and (like Hochgatterer himself) a child psychiatrist. Prague The former Czechoslovakia is a strange hole in European crime fiction in English.Playwright and novelist Pavel Kohout's The Widow Killer features a Czech detective who must team up with a Gestapo agent in occupied Prague to catch a serial killer. Frankfurt Sometimes it takes an outsider to be a great detective, and Kemal Kayankaya is just that: a Turk working as a private investigator in Frankfurt. Crime fiction is booming as never before - and with dozens of new titles translated into English for the first time, there’s a detective for every holiday destination.Jonathan Gibbs tracks down 80 of the best sleuths to escape with this summer.... Greenland The murder takes place in Copenhagen, but it is to the unforgiving Greenland coast that Smilla Jaspersen follows the trail.It's an inspired location, with its bleak landscape and close-knit community for detective Jimmy Perez to unpick. Glasgow If you find Ian Rankin's books a little Miss Marple, try Denise Mina, who has written two crime series set in Glasgow.The Garnethill Trilogy, featuring ex-psychiatric patient Maureen O'Donnell, is as grimly realistic as it is taut. Edinburgh The success of Rankin's Inspector Rebus novels can't be put down to the plots, topical though they often are.A gentle, literate whodunit from the German writer Leonie Swann. Dublin Benjamin Black's Quirke novels evoke 1950s Dublin, but for the shady side of the Celtic tiger today, try Declan Hughes.His Ed Loy, a private eye who learnt his trade in LA, brings West Coast thrills to the Irish scene. Yorkshire Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone is revered as much for its sophisticated plot as for its status as the first British detective story.

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He has written two novels so far, showing St Petersburg snowbound by winter, and stinking by summer. Moscow It's strange that there's no contemporary crime fiction coming out of Putin's Russia, but Boris Akunin makes up for that with his intricate, allusive Erast Fandorin books, set at the turn of the last century. Istanbul The Turkish capital is a growing hot-spot for crime fiction, both contemporary and period. Alaska A typically left-field addition to the crime genre from hip American author Michael Chabon.Peter James writes about Brighton as if it were some godforsaken American town. Normandy You might think that Maigret, Georges Simenon's gruff, obstinate detective – would be synonymous with Paris, but he did venture out of it.One atmospheric excursion was to a quiet town on the Normandy coast. Paris For a contemporary police procedural that lives up to the legacy of Maigret, look no further than the dense, gripping Chief Inspector Adamsberg novels by Fred Vargas, two times winner of the International Dagger award. Galicia Domingo Villar's classy modern noir, featuring disillusioned cop Leo Caldas, starts with the gruesome murder of a young saxophonist. Jazz is the true soundtrack to the noir thriller, even when it is set in sunny northern Spain. Lisbon British author Robert Wilson astutely sets his crime books off the beaten track.His Inspector Montale is a classic noir hero, hard-bitten and sensuous. Berne, Switzerland No Alpine meadows in Friedrich Glauser's Sergeant Studer books. Meiringen, Switzerland Strange that Sherlock Holmes should meet his (supposed) end high in the Swiss mountains.

Very little ornamentation, in fact, to these classic 1930s mysteries, if you don't count the knowledge of how Swiss mental asylums work. The Reichenbach Falls – "the long sweep of green water roaring forever down" – are the setting for the Final Solution. Tuscany Michele Giuttari knows of what he writes; the creator of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara is a former police chief of Florence, and his books set their insights into the reality of police work against an authentic Italian backdrop. Rome Michael Dibdin made it a virtue of his Aurelio Zen novels that, as much as the melancholy detective stayed the same, Dibdin moved him around all Italy.

His adventures on the streets of Weimar-era Berlin are the perfect introduction to the world of fictional crime detection. Wroclaw, Poland Marek Krajewski's quartet of books featuring Inspector Eberhard Mock start before the Second World War in the German town of Breslau – which, in 1945, became Wroclaw in Poland. Read 'Death in Breslau', the first of the quartet (published in translation by Quercus) 32.